2010 Chateau Clos L'Eglise (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 92-95
Vinous Media: 86-89?
Jeff Leve: 93-95
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine


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"Dark and winey, with lots of cassis and blackberry notes and ample layers of velvety tannins and cocoa. A bit grippy on the finish, but plenty long." (WS)

"The Garcin family has made so many top vintages of Clos l’Eglise since taking over this estate in the late nineties that it is difficult to say 2010 will turn out better than 2009, 2005, 2000 or 1998, but it is unquestionably a top-flight effort for both the vintage and the appellation. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied wine exhibits a dense purple color, a sweet perfume of jammy boysenberries and black currants, oak, truffles and caramel. This opulent, deep yet powerful Pomerol possesses fresh acids and tremendous precision. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years. By the way, a second wine, the forward, up-front 2010 Esprit de l’Eglise, also performed well." (WA)

"Bright, dark ruby. Sexy aromas of tangy dark berries, Oriental spices and cocoa powder. Initially creamy in the mouth, with flavors of blackberry, coffee and cocoa, then turns dry and tannic on the long finish. This boasts plenty of fruit and verve, and time may help it come around, but I can't help but wonder if it hasn't been overextracted. I hope that time proves me wrong." (IWC)

"2010 Clos L’Eglise, From 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 14.5% alcohol deep purple color, mocha, chocolate, flowers, black raspberry, vanilla and truffle scents. Mouth filling, lush and opulent, this Bordeaux wine ends with a long, deep, jammy blackberry and licorice sensation. " (JL)

"The quality of the tannins in this young red is superb, with a texture of velvet. Full and yummy.$$" (JS)